Nepotism alleged in recruitment of Architectural Assistant in PBMC

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
12 Apr 2017

Allegations of nepotism in recruitment drives is back to haunt the civic agency. The recruitment process for appointment of Architectural Assistant in the Port Blair Municipal Council is likely to land in choppy waters as candidates have started raising questions on the credibility of the process following its abrupt cancellation and fresh invitation of applications recently.
The vacancy notice for the post of Architectural Assistant was initiated in February 2016 inviting applications from candidates possessing graduation in Architecture from a recognized university, registration under the Architect Act, 1972 with the Council of Architecture and two years of working experience. In response to the advertisement, several candidates including those in government services submitted their applications. After more than a year, in March this year, the Council cancelled the recruitment process citing that none of the applicants were eligible for the post and invited fresh applications for the vacancy.
“The Municipal Council has now prescribed a new condition that the Architect under whom the applicants have worked should be registered with the Council of Architecture. It took the Council more than a year to incorporate the proviso in the recruitment notice before revoking the earlier process. Many of the candidates who hold the requisite qualification are suspecting some foul play behind the exercise. Why was the new clause not mentioned in the vacancy notice of February 2016? Had the clause been included in the notice, candidates would have contacted their previous employers in mainland before submitting their applications within the prescribed time period. It seems that the Council bestowed a period of one year to some candidate(s) to complete the course in Architecture or to obtain the experience certificate required for the post. Such favoritism is completely unacceptable to us. The Council should refrain from holding the recruitment process in a prejudiced manner and should ensure complete transparency in the process to enable the most eligible candidate get selected for the post,” demanded some candidates speaking to this correspondent.
The Secretary, Municipal Council, denied the allegations. “All the conditions prescribed for the post of Architectural Assistant are as per government guidelines. We have qualified candidates here and the Council is committed to conduct the recruitment drive in a fair and transparent manner. The most eligible candidate will be selected for the post,” he assured.